As the seasons change, what we're pouring does too, and these days you'll find us retreating to the fireplace with a glass of something heavier in hand! The Winter Warmers mixed red pack includes:
1 bottle of each 2020 Grenache Mataro, 2020 Malbec, 2017 Aglianico, 2020 Shiraz, 2020 Carignan and 2019 Touriga.
With six styles of red, ranging from a lively grenache blend to a smooth shiraz packed with toasty oak and sweet fruit spice. You'll find the perfect wine for hearty meals within, whether you're cooking Italian or a Sunday roast.
Juicy, delicious and ready to drink now, this beauty has spice, cherries and rose petals bursting from the glass. Supple tannins, good length and an earthy finish cap off a charming, fruit-driven wine that pairs well with any tomato-based dish.
91 points, The Real Review, Huon Hooke: "Medium-depth of purple/red colour, fresh and bright. The aromas are fresh and fruit driven: red cherry and raspberry, while the palate is medium-bodied at most and pleasantly intense with good drying tannins balancing the fruit. A delicious juicy-fruit style, made to enjoy young, but I’m sure it will also age well."
Reviews of the 2019 Grenache Touriga:
95 points, Jane Faulkner, 2021 James Halliday Wine Companion: "What appeals is how the fruit does the talking. Winemaking merely the guide. Made in a fresh, drink now style yet with some depth and shape thanks to its grainy tannins and savoury overlay. Delicious."
90 points, James Suckling: "Attractive raspberry and papaya aromas here with red plums and blackcurrants. The palate has crisp, chalky texture and fresh red-berry and red-papaya flavors. Juicy-fruit finish."
90 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front: "Bright and vivacious style, feels fresh, berry fruited, pretty and decidedly sweet. Sweetness sticks in the craw a bit but you get the feeling this bottle won’t last long around the right crowd. A neat chomp of gummy tannin does good for some balance, too. Fun!"
Reviews of the 2018 Grenache Touriga:
93 points, James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion: "The fancy of freshness. Raspberry, spice, strawberry pie and anise notes fly attractively through the palate, charming as they go. It's a 55/45% blend; it saw no new oak (40% was kept in stainless); the flavours and scents burst merrily from the glass. It's a lovely wine. Serious quality, fun style."
2019 Drink Easy Competition: "Ripe, plush plums, cherries - fat juicy summer red fruits. The acidity is here and strong but flexible tannins keep it fresh as. Delicious drinking."
GRENACHE MATARO 2020
As pretty as it is tasty, this bright-purple blend is lively and succulent with plenty of grip and fresh acidity. Red berry fruits on Grenache Mataro 2020 take centre stage, complemented by a savoury earthiness. It'll age well and is sure to be a big hit around the dinner table once it's opened.
92 Points Winefront by Mike Bennie: "From good folks comes a good wine of good grapes from two good vineyards. Tension is the first thing that came to mind. This ain’t no blousy red. No, indeed, it sits on train tracks of tannin and acidity, a good bite of amaro tang and amongst all that some jubey, blackcurrant fruitiness. Perfume is mild but floral-leaning with dashes of peppery spice. It’s a wine that has you sit up straight and pay attention. It’s a bit serious, but good in that way. Medium weight, svelte, tense. Good stuff."
Reviews of 2018 Grenache Mataro:
James Halliday, Wine Companion, January 2020, 95 points and top value wine: "Classic southern Rhône Valley style, with the wild herbs and spices of the garrigue giving pleasure in the rims of aromas and flavours alike. It will be hard to keep your hands of it, but it could be a knockout with more time in bottle. 14.5% alc."
92 Points, James Suckling: "Bright, red-fruit fragrance here with some darker berries in the mix, too. The palate is crisp, succulent and juicy, as a good young grenache should be."
Mike Bennie - WBM March/April 2020, 93 points: "There's a really lovely marriage of sweeter fruit gamey, earthy characters in this wine. I like the general sense of detail in the wine too - sheets of fruit character layered on spice, savouriness and a fresh pool of acidity. It feels quietly complex but wildly drinkable."
Reviews of 2017 Grenache Mataro:
James Halliday, Wine Companion, August 2018, 94 points and red value star: "Superb colour; at maximum turbocharged revolutions, but the power is smoothly delivered across the palate. Because the balance is very good, this richly endowed wine will repay cellaring particularly well."
Mike Bennie, WBM July 2018, 93 points: "Lovely stuff. Fragrant with musky-spice, raspberry and cranberry scents. The palate does a similar turn and sits squarely in a medium wieght wine zone. Some heft to the flavours but the finish is a bell ring of clean acidity. Appealing as. 14.5%, $27."
Decanter World Wine Awards. Silver Medal. 93 points. www.decanter.com
Reviews of 2016 Grenache Mataro:
Andrew Graham, Oz Wine Review, June 2017, www.ozwinereview.com "The Leask Brothers are switched on growers and these wines typically show plenty of sunny generosity (if sometimes a little heat). The blend here is 60/40 Grenache Mataro; a good mix. Lots of juicy black and red berry fruit. Lovely. The tannins have a real sandy Grenachey shape to them (but with a licoricey oomph). Palate is silky smooth, slightly syrupy but really quite satisfying in its curranty flow, a big luscious wines that is very young, but exuberantly so. It could do with another year in bottle to integrate the bold flavours a little, but the flow of red fruit is undeniably attractive. Very well priced too. Best drinking: 2018-2028. 17.7/20, 92/100+. 14.5%, $25."
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, May 2017, www.winefront.com.au "60% Grenache, 40% Mataro. I don’t have a feel for 2016 in McLaren Vale, as yet, but so far, I like what I see. A hearty red, but one that’s not too heavy. Red fruits, some floral perfume, slight confectionary notes, but tapered in with dried herb. It’s medium bodied, juicy and savoury at once, with a rub of sandy tannin, fresh red fruits, and a gently bitter amaro herb and earthy aftertaste. This goes all right. Good drinking here." 91 points
Huon Hooke, April 2017, www.huonhooke.com "Deep red/purple colour, the bouquet black cherry, spices, firm tannins and good body weight. A nicely judged kiss of oak. Balanced and complete." 90 points
Stuart Robinson, May 2017, www.thevinsomniac.com "Nigh on pitch-perfect 60/40 blend of two listed players. There's just something so wickedly, consistently, deliciously moreish about H&Y reds. This no exception, it extracts a juicy, jubey aromatic without straying too far towards confection. Call it an allure, call it what you will, inviting is what it is. Slipping around the palate with ease in its easy going, red fruited nature. There's more juicy red fruit, a slip of tannin providing an edge, a framework to carry. Mataro brings up the rear, it's bassy foundations adding length, substance, spice." 91 points
Reviews of 2015 Grenache Mataro:
August 2016. 90 Points. Huon Hooke. www.huonhooke.com "Spicy, sweet cherry, confectionery aromas. The palate is tight and lean with firm, fine tannins and a pleasant after-grip. A good, clean, bright wine of some depth. Very smart wine."
August 2016. James Halliday, Wine Companion. 92 Points www.winecompanion.com.au "Aromas and flavours are both savoury and sweet-fruited with raspberry, chocolate, and mulchy notes in the mix. Well integrated tannin and acid keeps things fresh and in order. "
May 2016. Max Allen, Australian Gourmet Traveller. www.gourmettraveller.com.au Top Drops of the Month, No 1. "heaps of juicy red berry-fruit flavours, but there is also a delicious gutsy earthiness-like sweet black composting leaf litter-that sets it apart".
March 2016. Stuart Robinson. 91 points. www.the vinsomniac.com.au A 60/40 blend of Grenache and Mataro respectively, and 100% McLaren Vale. Raspberry, red fruit, some wild herb/garrigue thing with a choc-raspberry-fudge milkshake. Trust me, it works. Juicy, a little dark fruit, chocolate, fine tannin; palate enlivening acidity that brings back the wine full circle. There's fruit in abundance, a little savoury tickle, good length. Another stellar wine.
February 2016. Winsor Dobbin. www.winsorschoice.blogspot.com.au This is a fabulously accessible blend of 60% grenache and 40% mataro – the ripe, sweet grenache fruit melding with the earthy funkiness of the mataro to produce a beautifully balanced red that is designed for immediate enjoyment. No need to cellar this one; just put some gourmet sausages on the barbeque and you have a wine/food match made in heaven.
February 2016. 90 points. Gary Walsh. www.winefront.com.au Good stuff. It’s crisp and perky, almost Italianate. Raspberry rope, strawberry, dried herb perfume. Medium bodied, crunchy and fresh, red fruits, light sandy tannin, more red fruits on the finish. Almost a ‘volcanic rock’ kind of thing going on. Nice to see a McLaren Vale wine that so bright and ‘food friendly’.
Plenty of red fruits to be enjoyed here including cherry and raspberry with a lovely lightness across the palate. There's a savoury edge to the wine, with an earthiness led by pine needles and herbs, making for absolutely wonderful drinking at the moment.
95 points, Jane Faulkner, James Halliday Wine Companion, August 2021: "Vines planted in the '40s, whole berry with 10% whole bunches, cultured yeast and aged in French puncheons for 17 months. There's a lightness across the palate from fine sandpaper tannins and cherry and raspberry fruit. It's a lovely wine with savoury inputs and not at all confected. A whiff of pine needle/Mediterranean herbs comes and goes."
92 points, James Suckling: "There's quite a fresh and attractively crisp feel to this gently bold expression of Christie's Beach Formation soil type. The berries tread the line from red to darker tones and there's a savory, earthy edge. The palate has a succulently, bold and fluid feel with attractive tannin grain and a little grip."
Reviews of the 2017 Old Vine Grenache: 97 points, James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion: "The sparks fly. It's rare for such a light wine to feel so imposing. The fruit is crisp and spicy, aniseed notes almost seem unsweetened, there's mint served in ever-so-pure form, and the way tannin introduces tension to the wine's unfolding drama is quite exquisite. It's grenache in a sky full of diamonds. It's something."
Reviews of 2016 Grenache: James Halliday, Wine Companion, August 2018, 97 points: "The first 100% varietal grenache by Hither & Yon. Bright, clear colour; a perfumed rose petal, spice and red fruits bouquet, the palate 100% delicious. A beautiful, effortless achievement of perfection, the red fruits and satin smooth tannins show none of the hot alcohol, dead fruit characters that I'm sure other makers might have achieved. I'm marching off with this to drink tonight."
Mike Bennie, WBM July 2018, 94 points: "Pretty, perfumed Grenache of high-toned floral and sweet spice fragrance, medium weight red berry fruitiness, a layer of vanilla-clove spice running riot. A plush, velvety feel to texture, too. Big tick for quality at price point. 14.2%, $80."
A medium-bodied cab sauv flowing with black fruits, chocolate and a touch of spicy oak. With firm structure, fine tannins and plenty of brightness and lift, it's pleasurable drinking now and showing some good ageing potential.
91 points, James Suckling: "Aromas of graphite, cassis and mint as well as mulberries and forest leaves. The palate has a very rich, intense core of dark cherries, blackberries and cassis. Bold, drinkable style."
Reviews of 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon:
Gold Medal at the CWSA 2017, http://www.cwsa.org
James Halliday, August 2018, 93 points and red value star, www.winecompanion.com.au "A supremely honest McLarne Vale Cabernet, with warm blackcurrant fruit and a cache of dark chocolate, alongsidey the tannins that will emerge with age."
June 2017. Gary Walsh - The Wine Front. 92 points. www.winefront.com.au "Dark fruit, chocolate, a sweet dried herb lift, almost a Dutch liquorice thing too, which I love. Medium bodied, good depth to the fruit, though not heavy either, with oak in the back seat, and drinking pleasure at the wheel. Finish has a Cabernet accent, in with a gentle herbal seasoning, and no shortage of length. So well done."
May 2017. Mike Bennie - Wine Business Magazine. 93 points. www.wbmonline.com.au "This release from the creative set at Hither & Yon strikes a chord. Theres a generosity to the wine, it reeks of dark plums, mocha, green herbs, dried fruits and the palate takes a similar path. The distinction here is that the flavours find a brightness even with the weight of deep, dark fruit character, and oak seasons rather than smothers. Generosity reigns well here."
Reviews of 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon:
August 2016. James Halliday - Wine Companion. 91 Points. www.winecompanion.com.au "Definitive cabernet aromas hold sway, regional influence playing its part and oak chiming in. Evenly flavoured on the palate, the typical firm cabernet structure in good balance with the typical McLaren Vale generosity."
August 2016. Gary Walsh. 91 points. www.winefront.com.au "Has a pleasant, jubey sort of Throaties® perfume, blackcurrant, blackberry and the like, with subtle spiced oak. Medium bodied, again a little jubey, but nicely done with gummy grippy tannin, freshness and energy, and a cool earthy and black olive laced finish of pleasing length. Very nice."
Wine Enthusiast (USA). March 2016. 91 points. The pitch black wine has a thin dark ruby rim.The attractive and forward nose smells of cassis, sweet spices, sugarcoated walnuts and dates. The palate layers on baked blackberries, pencil lead and dried figs. Moderately long on the finish, this wine is feisty, and youthful. Its strucutre of lightly strappy tannins, brisk acidity and its wealth of well proportioned aromas and flavours point to ageing potential. Drink now through to 2020.
Stuart Robinson. August 2015. 90 points. www.thevinsomniac.com "There's just something about the Hither & Yon wines, be it visual appeal, relative ease on the pocket, approachability without sacrificing varietal character. Consistent. That too. Cherry ripe-esque: mass of fruit over chocolate, without eschewing varietal character. Per the Hither & Yon style, a wine of easy going nature; medium-bodied elegance, suggestion of blueberry and bright fruit in general. So easy - and pleasurable - to drink, not an easy feat to achieve."
Super juicy and super delicious, this tempranillo is all cinnamon spice and choc-cherry ripe. It's a medium-bodied wine with dark berries and an earthiness that lends itself to chargrilled chorizo or haloumi straight off the BBQ.
92 points, Jane Faulkner, James Halliday Wine Companion, August 2021 "A lot of pizzazz packed into this with its cherry-accented fruit, sarsaparilla and woodsy spices. It's medium-bodied, juicy with firm tannins and a slight green edge on the finish means having this with food."
91 points, James Suckling: "This is a bold, vivacious style with plenty of deep-set blueberries and cassis and a smooth and bright, juicy palate that carries a long band of bright, blue-fruit flavor."
Reviews of the 2018 Tempranillo:
95 points, James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion: "Full of flavour, texture and life. This is about as full-bodied as tempranillo gets and, even better, it comes dressed in velvet. Plum, black cherry and cola flavours sweep through the palate in convincing fashion. Fine-grained tannin stitches the finish into a neat package. It's good."
92 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front: (Posted on 09 July 2020) "It would appear we are a little late on this one, as I note, while grabbing a bottle image, that they’re on to the 2019 on their web shop. Oh well. Come hither. Cherry and plum, a little earth, BBQ sausage, and spice. It’s medium-bodied, with pleasingly sooty tannin, ample fruit and balanced acidity, a bit of sweet strawberry freshness in the mix, and a nice long even finish. What a charming wine it is. Speaks of region and grape most eloquently."
2019 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show - Bronze Medal "Bright red fruit strawberry and fine powdery tannins. Soft juicy and within the frame of the varietal fruit with balanced plushness and fine tannins. Cherry ripe, chocolate. Nice crunch tannins. Exotic flavours reminiscent of an Icelandic picnic."
Reviews of 2017 Tempranillo:
James Halliday, 07 August 2018, www.winecompanion.com.au "Full, bright hue; red and black cherry on the bouquet lead directly into the palate before savoury tannins try to take a grip on proceedings." 89 points
Mike Bennie, WBM, May/June 2018, 92 points "A more serious-feeling Tempranillo than expected with concentration and richness on its side. Perfume is appropriately floral, rose hip tea- imbued and shows whiffs of choc- Turkish Delight, while the palate is more mulberry sweetness and a dash of clove/cinnamon spice. Some real glide here too. 14.5%"
Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review, May 2018, https://www.ozwinereview.com "Another varietal ‘17 Vale red from Hither & Yon team. Molten, dark berry nose – it’s not Rioja but gee it’s expansive and thick fruited with that southern McLaren Vale inky density. At first I thought this might be too ripe and slick sweet, but the tannic depth and wafts of choc berry carries this forward. A genuinely substantial McLaren Vale Tempranillo. Best drinking: Wait a year or so to see it at its best and drink in 10. 17.5/20, 91/100. 14.5%, $27."
Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, November 2017: Gold Medal, 95 points
Reviews of 2016 Tempranillo:
James Halliday, August 2018, 93 points and red value star, www.winecompanion.com.au "Made from two pickings, almost 3 weeks apart. Open fermented, whole berries and bunches, and 6 months in French oak. Unequivocally varietal bouquet, with lifted aromas of fresh cherry, blueberry, and cola extract, spliced with a more savoury element. Fresh, juicy and flavoursome, but moderated by the fine tannin. Delicious."
Huon Hooke, February 2017, 90 points, www.huonhooke.com "Deep, young purple/red colour. The wine is full-bodied and fruit-driven on the palate with bold, bright young flavour and soft but persuasive tannins. The wine is very young and primal but very good. Balance and mouth-feel are excellent and it just remains to be seen what some bottle-age might bring."
Stuart Robinson. December 2016. 90 points. www.thevinsomniac.com "Delicious Joven style: jubey, juicy, fruits of the forest mix. The kinda wine you want to sink your head into: cooling, calming, intriguing, inviting. There's a darker edge to the palate, a light rub of tannin. Medium bodied, a twist of aniseed - lush fruit. Strikes this balance between downright simplicity, with a little dark underbelly. Would easily handle a summer-necessary chill."
2015 Tempranillo reviews:
Mike Bennie. WBM Magazine. May 2016. 93 points. "This is Tempranillo marching to its own beat. Neither joven nor Riserva, it's a slurpy, slippery, medium weight thing that shows choc-cherry and anise characters in perfume and flavours, lushness of fruit and a lightly sandy finish. It's seriously great drinking and could take a light chill too."
Wine Enthusiast (USA). March 2016. 91 points. Dark cherry in colour with black infections at the core, this wine has a pleasantly vinous nose of pomegranate seeds and blueberries. Sweet spice and perk acidity invigorate the medium bodied palate, while supple rounded tannins hang in the background. The finish lingers with cinnamon-dappled raspberry pie flavors. Even if only moderately complex, this wine is incredibly easy to sip. Drink now through to 2018.
Stuart Robinson. March 2016. 91 points. www.thevinsomniac.com Savoury, woody hints, flashes of blue fruit, a little black cherry. In the house style: a juicy fruit-bomb, not lacking in a little savoury depth - a second pick of fruit comprising 12% of the wine was allowed a little extra hang-time, with some whole bunch inclusion - a little acidic reach into the corners of the palate. A light rub of tannin, some black licorice and a little bitter cocoa. Juicy, moreish, another winner from the H&Y team.
Huon Hooke. March 2016. www.huonhooke.com "Deep red colour with a trace of purple. Dark cherry fruit pervades the bouquet, becoming chaffy with airing, while the palate is ironstony and firm, straightforward and plum-pippy, ending with a trace of bitterness. A pretty good temp."
Andrew Graham. March 2016. 88points. www.ozwinereview.com.au Juicy red fruit, wet brick Temp varietal characters, then more raspberry and cola fruit with a little earth. It’s a nice 'joven' style this, all fruit, minimal oak and light sandy tannins. Slurpable, juicy wine, if a tad simple. Best drinking: 2017-2021.
A super fruity wine with some serious juice. Raspberries, blueberries and mulberries are balanced nicely by savoury notes of liquorice and dried herbs, with just enough sweetness and a lingering finish. It's a vibrant, lighter style of red, perfect for those warmer months. 2020 Vintage Coming Soon.
"Bright, medium to deep red/purple colour. The nose is savoury, earthy as well as plummy, dark fruits driving the wine. A hint of pepper. Medium to full-bodied, abundant tannins which are powdery and supple. Some chocolate. Good drinking already and will take some age."
91 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front:
"Vibrant, forest berry fruitiness, sprigs of green herb, minty notes, peppery stuff. Palate is light and lithe, sizzles with tart acidity in a good way, shows a feathery lick of earthy tannin. Spice, cranberry, kind of transparent, exotic things, it’s interesting and good. I like it. A bit amaro?"
91 points, James Suckling: "This has red-flower and leafy aromas, as well as some earthy nuances. Vibrant raspberries and tart red cherries. Succulant appealingly fresh raspberries and redcurrants on the palate with fine, crisp tannins."
Big, bold and made for Italian food. A bright nose of blackberry and violet gives way to dark berries, plum and subtle oak on the palate. A fruity, succulent finish caps off one of our most highly awarded wines.
~ Best McLaren Vale Wine - Crowned "The Bushing Monarch" in 2019 ~
Reviews of 2019 Nero d'Avola
91 points, The Real Review, Huon Hooke: "Deepish purple/red colour. Aromas are of dried herbs, fresh earth and dusty roads, the taste is rich and ripely fruit-sweet at the centre, medium to full in body, with abundant tanins following up, which have the right level of grip. A hint of raspberry jam later. It's not especially complex but is certainly delicious."
Reviews of 2018 Nero d'Avola
2019 MGA McLaren Vale Wine Show:
Trophy: Best McLaren Vale Wine - "The Bushing Monarch"
Trophy: Best Mediterranean Variety Red Wine
2020 International Sydney Wine Competition:
Trophy winner forBest Full Bodied Dry Red Table Wine
Blue-Gold Award (tasted with food) and one of the Top 100 Wines of the Competition.
95 points, James Halliday Wine Companion, August 2021:
"At the upper end of the scale for Nero d'Avola. It's varietal, and certain to burst into song with appropriate Italian cuisine."
Reviews of 2017 Nero d'Avola: James Halliday, 01 August 2018, www.winecompanion.com.au
"Bright crimson-purple hue; juicy blood plums are the driver of the wine, but with good tannins structure and an attractive savoury nip to the fruit. Three trophies, including Best Wine of Show, Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show '17." 95 points
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, June 2017, http://www.winefront.com.au
"There’s exuberance and enthusiasm around Hither & Yon, and they’re making a lot of very good, easy to like, personality-filled wines. Plenty of different grape varieties, blends and general vitality in their set. Nero d’Avola here built for pleasure and speed.
Sloshy, fun little drink but has a touch of class amongst its boardshorts and sandals vibe. Shows up with currant and cherry scents, a touch of sea spray and salt bush, a dash of pepper for good measure. Flavours are sour-cherry, lightly malty, a touch cherry cola-esque and fresh, vibrant, crisp in feel. Slips down without a snag, a supple but bright splash of medium weight juice. My brain went to pizza straight away, the lowbrow but delicious American, topping-laden kind with heretical pineapple or twelve toppings. Yum."
Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, November 2017
Trophy: Best Wine of Show
Trophy: Best Red Wine of Show
Trophy: Best Nero d'Avola
Max Allen, Australian Financial Review, 23rd November 2017, www.afr.com "This is a bloody ripper of a young red. No wonder it won three trophies (including best of show) at this year's AAVWS. It has a gorgeous saturated colour, heaps of voluptuous, seductive berry fruit, supple grippy tannins crying our for some garlicky charcoal-grilled lamb, and a lovely vibrant freshness about it, despite the 14.5% alcohol. Moreish. Delicious. Goes on sale soon at the Hither & Yon cellar door."
Adelaide Review, Hot 100 Wines 2017/2018, https://www.adelaidereview.com.au/tag/hot-100-wines-2017-18/
Fruit Forward Reds; "Uber-fragrant and lithe. Whisk this one off to a picnic and enjoy on a super fancy rug."
Reviews of 2016 Nero d'Avola:
Gold Medal at the CWSA 2017, http://www.cwsa.org
Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review, April 2018, https://www.ozwinereview.com
"A vibrant Nero from Hither & Yon. A grape with real promise in the warmer parts of the Vale.
Lovely raspberry and red currant nose – a cavalcade of black and red berries. Sandy tannins, black licorice and dark fruit that dances on the right side of ripeness. This is what Nero should taste like – grippy tannins. black fruit, a hint of dried leaves, lots of flavour. Really good and all for 13% alcohol. Best drinking: Now to five years plus. 17.7/20, 92/100. 13%, $30."
Reviews of 2015 Nero d'Avola:
Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, November 2015.
Trophy: Best Red Wine of Show.
Trophy: Best Italian Red Variety.
Trophy: Best Nero d'Avola.
August 2016. James Halliday - Wine Companion. 90 Points www.winecompanion.com.au
"Attractive juicy red berry flavours; the wine doesn't need any oak amelioration; good length."
Huon Hooke, March 2016. www.huonhooke.com "Deep purple/red colour, very bright and youthful. It's very grapy: sweet-fruited and raspberry-like to taste, fresh and bright and clean. A straightforward, fresh, primary fruit-driven style without much complexity or secondary characters."
Stuart Robinson, January 2016. www.vinsomniac.com "The brand and wines out of the portfolio remain some of the most consistent, drinkable and exciting out of the region. Jubey, black fruited, juicy, heavenly, intoxicating, alluring. The barest hint of licorice, fennel, touch of grilled linguica, more about black fruit. Medium bodied, easy going, straddles a line of sweet black fruit with some Italianate seasoning."
Gary Walsh, October 2015, The Wine Front www.winefront.com.au "Great packaging on all these Hither & Yon wines. Honey nougat, raspberry, some spice and flowers, char-grilled sausage, and that metallic thing Nero often has going on. Medium bodied, talks pretty sweet, but tastes almost dry when the light sandy tannin and herbal seasoning bring it back into line. Not a very deep wine, as such, but interesting and good to drink."
Reviews of 2014 Nero d'Avola:
Trophy for 'Best Italian Red Wine'. Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, Nov 2014.
92 points. Mike Bennie. April 2015. www.wbmonline.com.au "Lots to like about this Nero d'Avola. Its juicy, fresh, lightly spiced and set to the bold sweetness of red fruits without strying into the jammy zone. It opens up with pretty floral, rose petal and spice scents, with a good dose of wild raspberry fruit alongside. Has some restraint and seriousness about it."
Walter Speller. Feb 2015. www.jancisrobinson.com "Sweet leafy raspberry fruit and very clean on the nose. The leafiness is quite distinct and makes the impression of young vines, but this has a good fruit expression on the palate with soft drying tannins and integrated but matching acidity. Promising. (WS) 13.8%"
91 points. Stuart Robinson. Dec 2014. www.thevinsomniac.com "Nero lives up to its name here, with an inky darkness emanating from the glass. Red and black fruits and something - I wrote at the time - like hanging your head over a pan of sizzling pork and fennel snags. Delightful herbal and spice notes too. Plump entry - cushioned and soft on the tongue - depth and spice kick-in, a fine rub of tannin. More licorice and fennel seed spice mops up at the back. So delicious, so moreish. Grand drinking for something that can be had for a shade over 20 beans."
91 points. Gary Walsh. Nov 2014. www.winefront.com.au "Plenty of Nero character. Bursting with ripe dark berries, raw almonds, fragnant and sweet dried herbs with a handful of black jelly beans tossed in for good measure. Medium bodied, fleshy and ripe, with well rounded tannin and almost a gummy feel in the mouth - certainly good to chew and swirl round - bright jubey fruit flavours, savoury dried herbs and glorious food friendly tannin mops up the finish. Super drinking here. Can't recommend it highly enough."
A wild ride of a wine filled with notes of cherries, liquorice and blackberry, complemented by white pepper spice and Italian herbs. Flavours rush and linger, making a wine that's a little out there but entirely enjoyable, particularly with Italian food.
91 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front: "Strawberry chocolate and mint bouquet. Wild! Game meat in the mix of that unusual perfume combo, flavours do the same, it feels wide and loose but tannin comes late and rumbles. Mad style this. Kind of all over the place, great to sip on, I like the mojo, but expect something different."
90 points, James Suckling: "There's a fresh, red plum and berry nose here with an earthy, savoury edge on the palate, as well as ripe, gently sinewy tannins."
Reviews of 2016 Aglianico:
92 points, James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion "Kind of leathery, kind of chocolatey, kind of berried. The net effect is pleasant plus. Firm, graphite-infused tannin and an impressive push of flavour through the finish add up to a wine worthy of respect."
Reviews of 2015 Aglianico:
93 points Decanter, Sarah Ahmed: "This is a compellingly savoury, brawnier take on another southern Italian grape. Long and textural, with blackberry, salted black olives, leather, violets, bitter chocolate and wormwood."
Reviews of 2014 Aglianico:
Decanter World Wine Awards. May 2016. www.decanter.com 93 points. "Black plum, lots of spice and a touch of leather. Lovely structure, fresh acidity, firm tannins, raspberry notes and a long savoury finish."
Campbell Mattinson. September 2016. www.thewinefront.com.au 90 points. "An interesting wine from an interesting producer. Volcanic rocks. It’s an odd descriptor and I cannot profess to have licked too many, but taste this wine and the volcanic rock descriptor springs to mind. Such is wine. Such perhaps is the power of suggestion. This is ferrous and cherried, has a flash of garden herbs, and while light in both colour and flavour, it makes an impression. Something different in a good way. I can’t promise that you’ll taste ‘volcanic rocks’ too, but you will see that the flavour profile here rushes outside the norm."
Stuart Robinson. December 2016. www.thevinsomniac.com 91 points. "Savoury, of ash and bloodstock, liquorice; there's florals in the mix too, wild herbs. Light, airy, has the pumice stone lightness often seen in volcanic reds; red fruit, raspberry and cherry, juicy flowing length. Such a delicious consistency to this portfolio. Beautiful to drink."
Reviews of 2013 Aglianico:
Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, Novbember 2015. Gold Medal.
Sarah Ahmed. October 2015. The Wine Detective. www.thewinedetective.co.uk "It’s a favourite grape which I sort of bunch together with Piedmont’s Nebbiolo and Portugal’s Baga – capable of wonderful aromatics and butch tannins – hopefully with enough fruit to join the dots between nose to tail. Very spicy with leather and inky florals to its plum and red berry fruit; ripe but present tannins and persistent acidity make for a well disciplined, serious finish. 12.6%"
Andrew Graham. June 2015. Australian Wine Review. www.ozwinereview.com 93 points "Of all the new generation Mediterranean red grapes to come our way, I've got to pick Aglianico as one of my favourites. Too get this much structure and flavour at 12.6% alcohol suggests that Aglianico might like it in McLaren Vale too. Bright plum red; the nose has a soft red fruit fragrance - there's a reference on the back label to 'pink marshmallow' which I think is great. Sappy, dry palate is framed with tannins - bitter, mouth-cleansing, proper tannins. Complement that with some cherry red fruit late juiciness and you've got frankly one utterly delicious, dry and savoury red. Massive yes."
Tony Love. June 2015. The Advertiser - Taste. 4 and 1/2 Stars out of 5. "Ripping along with its mix of earthy herbs, anise-led spices and classic trio of cherry, plum and raspberry fruits, all slammed in there with a lightness of being; and fine medium bodied flow. Speaks lucidly of its origins and its new home - a delightful drink."
Gary Walsh. May 2015. www.thewinefront.com.au 91 points "Such a good grape Aglianico. I’m betting we’re going to see much more if it grown locally in the coming years. This is a good go at Aglianico. Cherry and juicy raspberry, liquorice, that typical, for want of better words, ‘volcanic rocks’ character that this grape often has, plus maybe some flowers. Medium bodied, well etched acidity and dry tannin almost scrapes it along the palate (in a good way), and bright juicy fruit, aromatic herbs and dusty tannin close it out. Refreshing style with a bit of complexity. In some ways, not an easy wine to rate, though it’s certainly easy to recommend."
Stuart Robinson. May 2015. www.thevinsomniac.com 90 points. "Licorice root, amaro/bitter wood and herb - deliciously savoury with a dark undercurrent. Fruit, by way of cherry and plum, with a moreish tang and juiciness. That black edge reappears on the back palate - a little licorice root against the lighter touch of raspberry over spice."
James Halliday. July 2015. www.thewinecompanion.com.au 90 points "Light, bright colour; a lively, indeed wild, ride: there's a lot of red fruits criss-crossed by herbs and brisk acidity."
A really interesting, medium-bodied wine with juicy blood plums and ripe purple fruits. Great character and nutty notes make for a soft, laidback wine with that real soil and earth feeling.
90 Points, The Wine Front - Gary Walsh: "Lovely label. Blood plum and spice, salted nuts, pistachio maybe, and an iron and floral perfume. Medium-bodied, saline and nutty, fine tannin, blood orange, skinsy tannin and a fresh raspberry finish, though those salty nuts come through as well. Good. Character plus."
92 points, James Suckling: "This has super fresh delivery of ripe purple berries and flowers with a smooth, gently fleshy palate that offers a deep core of dark plum and mil-chocolate flavors. Nicely done."
2019 Drink Easy Competition: "Cherry ripe, choc and some prominent oak whiffs, shows with good length and upfront there's good concentration and flavour"
Wine & Viticulture Journal - Sping Edition: "Subtle earth, spice and plum character on the nose along with deep chewy fruit and licorice. Rich and dense black-fruited palate, with some raspberry and a hint of herbrs. Rich mouthfeel, acid line and oak well balanced. A nice quaffable wine."
Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show - GOLD with 96 points: "Earth savoury, creamy texture and length. Soft and sublet well handled, more traditional Australian style. Ripe fruit and nice balance, fruity and juicy."
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An easy-drinking and attractive wine, this Portuguese-style red has a palate of dark fruits and chocolate with sinewy tannins and spiced oak. It was made to share around the dinner table, pairing nicely with spicy peri peri chicken to keep up the Portuguese theme.
Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, 95 points "Vibrant, clean & juby pure fruit with a soft long violet finish"
Wine Business Magazine, 93 points "Straight up, great drinking. Charisma and charm, cola and sour-sweet berry characters, pomegranate juice, cardamom & a hustle of minty herbs. It feels medium weight, slippery but finishes with a smudge of tannins. It's charming from hello, and distinct in its personality. It's got a lot going for it, no doubt." - Mike Bennie
Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, 95 points "Vibrant, clean & juby pure fruit with a soft long violet finish" Wine Business Magazine, 93 points "Straight up, great drinking. Charisma and charm, cola and sour-sweet berry characters, pomegranate juice, cardamom & a hustle of minty herbs. It feels medium weight, slippery but finishes with a smudge of tannins. It's charming from hello, and distinct in its personality. It's got a lot going for it, no doubt." - Mike Bennie
Reviews of 2018 Touriga:
Gourmet Traveller Wine - 100 Top New Release Wine, 93 points: "You can smell and taste Portugal here, the same notes that come through in Portuguese vintage Port, although not porty in the overripe sense. Black cherry, aniseed; beautifully made and fresh; the palate full bodied and firmly structured, powerful and long-lasting."
Huon Hooke - The Real Review, 93 points: "Deep, bold, bright purple/red colour, with a lovely sweet black cherry bouquet that smacks of Portuguese port, although it's not 'porty' as such. It's the fruit character, which is very authentic. The wine is full-bodied and firmly-structured, powerful and long-lasting on the palate. A really smart red wine with a bright future."
Gary Walsh - The Winefront, 91 Points: "Violet, lavender, chamomile – so floral – also new leather, Christmas cake, blueberry. It’s juicy and plump, plenty of dark fruit and peel, dark chocolate, freshness with sinewy tannin, and a chalky finish of solid length. A lot of interest and pleasure in the glass here."
Australian Alternative Variety Wine Show - Silver Medal: "Bright red garnet, a little ripe floral lavender notes on the nose, the palate is soft and even tempered, lovely lines and spice. Vibrant and juicy."
92 points, James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion: "Dry red style with leather and red cherry flavours doused lightly with dusty dried herbs and spices. There's just enough firmness to the tannin and a good level of ripeness to the fruit. Its a wine of a confident producer."
Reviews of 2017 Touriga:
Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review, May 2018, https://www.ozwinereview.com "Please, more McLaren Vale Touriga. This is the first crop off Malcolm & Richard Leask’s Touriga plantings and it’s a winner, with bright, gummy bear purple fruit and a just a hint of soil. It’s so vital! Great fine tannins too. Every time I try these well balanced, energetic fruity Touriga Nacional styles I’m reminded how good they are. Delicious, fruity wine. It’s not wildly serious but an enjoyable drink with acidity, tannins and flavour. Best drinking: Now to seven years. 17.7/20, 92/100. 13.2%, $27. Would I buy it? Sure would."
A medium to full-bodied shiraz with a complexity that'll reward some time in the cellar. There's cherry, hazelnut and plum on the nose, with a savoury and mineral edge to the palate as well as dark forest fruits, bitter chocolate and leather. Oak lends a softness and smokiness, rounding off a fantastic wine with a lovely, velvety mouthfeel.
93 Points, James Suckling, June 2021: "Very attractive red berries and cherries here with some earth and chocolate too. The palate has a smooth feel with plush, gently grainy tannins carrying long. Approachable."
90 Points, Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2020.
2016 Leask Shiraz:
James Halliday, Wine Companion, August 2018, 94 points. "This must have come from a very special site, with no frills vinification. It is medium to full-bodied, with exceptional mouthfeel, velvety but not the least heavy, the role of oak limited. It all works well. 26 years old vines, hand-picked, open-fermented, matured in used French puncheons for 18 months."
Bottled on October 31, our 2020 Shiraz is a little different than our previous vintages, now being a blend from three single blocks: Sand Road Block 3, McLaren Hills Block 4, Breakneck Creek "Elliott". Mixing soil types and site influences creates complexity and also balance in the palate.
Here's what Mal & Richard say about it: "The individual parcels really work in harmony, we see real vineyard character in the wine, blueberry and mulberry, chocolate and French oak, fruit and earth feeling opens beautifully in the glass."
95 points, James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion: "Oh come all ye faithful lovers of McLaren Vale shiraz. It's hard to say whether the variety or the region is the most important - and true - contributor to the depth and outright richness of this shiraz. The tannins also ring true to the theme, leaving no doubt about its longevity."
91 points, James Suckling: "Attractive blackcurrant aromas and hints of leaves. There's a real blue-fruit edge to this shiraz. The palate has quite a brisk, assertive feel with smoothly delivered blueberry and blackcurrant flavors."
Reviews of 2019 Shiraz:
93 points, James Halliday 2019 Wine Companion "It delivers a solid whack of dark berried flavour. This is a sure-footed wine, well-balanced and finished, with fluid delivery of coffee cream, blackberry, plum and choc-mint flavours. From start to finish, it keeps you satisfied."
Reviews of previous vintages:
Gary Walsh, June 2017, The Wine Front www.winefront.com.au "Blackberry, smoky grilled meat sprinkled with pepper, a bit of purple flowers or something like that. Medium bodied, flavoursome, almost slurpy, but a bit more in it than that, with light tannin, spice and dark fruits, and a tidy finish. Lovely wine, drinking very well young. Doing a good job of it here." 91 points
Huon Hooke, March 2017, www.huonhooke.com "Deep red/purple colour and a ripe, concentrated, deep-fruited aroma and palate flavour. The texture is soft and easygoing. Peppery blackberry and dark plum aromas. Concentrated, rich, soft and rounded. A very smart shiraz for one so young." 90 points
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